Antiques raise art funds
The Baldwin Community Arts Council will bring its version of the popular television show "Antiques Roadshow" to town Saturday as a fund-raiser for the organization.
David Solomons, local owner of Solomons Antique Gallery, will identify and appraise antiques from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Baldwin City Public Library. Solomons, a board member of the arts council, is volunteering his time for the event
"Diamonds in the Rough Discovery Day," as the local appraisal has been named, is a new fund-raiser for the arts council. Arts council president Christy Carlisle hopes the popularity of the show, and of antiques in general, carries over to the fund-raiser.
"We are really looking forward to it," Carlisle said. "Everybody I have talked to is really excited."
Carlisle said proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit local artists through scholarship awards.
"This is a great benefit to the arts council," she said. "All the proceeds will go toward providing scholarships in the area."
Getting in on the action, Carlisle is having three items of her own appraised all are items she picked up "here and there," but she can't identify.
"I'm looking forward to it personally," she said. "I have my three items lined up."
Solomons is an accredited appraiser with the International Society of Appraisers. He has done similar appraisals in Lawrence at the Watkins Community Museum of History, also a fund-raising effort, and in the Kansas City area.
Solomons said he has knowledge on a broad range of items, including art, glassware, porcelain, silver, toys, dolls, collectibles and furniture. His Baldwin store has been open for more than a year, and he has been in the antique business for 14 years.
He said the appraisals are fun for him and the participants.
"There are always surprises," he said. "People think something isn't worth much, and it is worth a significant amount of money."
Solomons said Saturday's appraisal is not intended to be used for insurance or other legal purposes.
"It's to give them some knowledge about what they have," Solomons said. "It's not a guarantee it will realize that amount of money."
A single item will be appraised for a donation of $10. Three items can be appraised for $25. Each person may bring no more than three items. A set, such as a tea set or matching jewelry, would count as one item. Firearms and weapons will not be appraised. For furniture items, bring a picture.
Participants are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to guarantee a time slot to be seen by an appraiser. The last time slot begins at 4 p.m. Tickets also will be sold at the door, and no one will be turned away.
"Buying a ticket in advance will be the most efficient way to be seen," Solomons said.
Tickets can be purchased at C Designs, 215 N. Sixth Street, 594-3366, and Solomons Antique Gallery, 715 High Street, 594-6468.